Tue, 15/07/2008 - 16:23 -- James Oakley

CAPTCHA has become a standard device to trap and block spam on sites like this one.

The idea is that if someone writes a computer program to drop spam comments on this blog, the computer program will be asked to solve a problem first. That problem (like “what letters are below in this squiggly image?” or “what’s 4+12?”) is not Turing-computible. So only a human being will solve it.

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Bible Reading Plan Generator

Sat, 05/07/2008 - 22:00 -- James Oakley

At long last, I’m please to present a new piece of software, Bible Reading Plan Generator.

There is a page dedicated to it on this site:

Bible Plan picture

Visit the software’s homepage for more information.

In essence, though, it’s free software that takes a list of Biblical books, and devises a reading plan for you over any number of days you want.

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Thu, 10/04/2008 - 16:02 -- James Oakley

Continuing a mini (cathartic?) series on internet etiquette:

Just so we’re clear, the convention on capitalisation is that capitalising a phrase / sentence / paragraph is intended to convey shouting. One of the downsides of e-mail, and forum posting, is that it is hard to convey emotion, a twinkle in the eye, a gentle tone of voice and so on. It is easy for people to misunderstand the nature of something you say.

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Net Etiquette 1: Click HERE

Mon, 07/04/2008 - 14:04 -- James Oakley

Websites / blogs / e-mails / forums are increasingly a part of modern life. One side-effect is information overload.

There are ways in which people can contribute to the net that help with this. There are ways that do not help. This is the first of a series of short posts that plead for considerate net use. I’m sure nobody is deliberately obstructive in any of the ways I will outline. In which case, people need to point out what consitutes good etiquette and why – otherwise considerate people will continue making cyberspace more difficult to navigate – without realising it.

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New colour scheme?

Mon, 03/12/2007 - 17:05 -- James Oakley

Yes – but it’s no big deal!

Partly, I can’t quite decide what I like.

Partly, Edible Words is nearly ready to launch, and the colour scheme I chose for myself was converging a little too close to the scheme for that site. My scheme was chosen on a whim. The scheme for Edible Words was chosen quite deliberately (if you’ve been there you’ll know why Burgundy Red and Ripe-Grain Gold were the two colours I went for). So mine was the one to budge.

But I still can’t quite decide what I like, so this may not be the end of it…

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